Springfield, Mass. - June 1, 2017 - The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) announced the names of its first eight inductees of its Hall of Fame, and Springfield College's Archie Allen '37 and Jim Stone '60 will be honored prior to the organization's annual all-star game on Friday, June 2, in Pawtucket, R.I.
The inaugural NEIBA Hall of Fame Class, which includes some of New England's top coaches, will be presented with their awards prior to the 43rd Annual NEIBA Joe Walsh All-Star Game between the University All-Stars (Division I) and College All-Stars (Division II/III). First pitch at McCoy Stadium is set for 12 p.m.
Allen coached baseball at Springfield College from 1948 to 1978, and under his leadership, the school reached the College World Series in 1951, 1955 and 1970. Allen managed the U.S. squad at the 1963 Pan American Games, taking home a silver medal, and managed the Dutch National Team to gold in the 1964 European Championship. Having impacted the game of baseball on a global scale, Allen was awarded the 1993 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award. A Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and former president of the ABCA, he amassed a 454-257-7 (.637) overall record at Springfield. Under his guidance, Springfield earned New England College Division Champion status three times (1969, 1970, and 1971), and was crowned ECAC Champion in 1977.
In 2003, Jim Stone capped his 37th and final year at the helm of the UMass Lowell baseball team and posted a career record 801-393-7 (.667). During his tenure, Stone was named the NEIBA Division II Coach of the Year nine times and earned Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors five times. Since 1976, 21 of Stone's teams garnered postseason berths including the 2001 and 2002 squads which advanced to the Division II College World Series, Over his last 22 seasons, the River Hawks had won 20 games each year and 30 games seven times, and UML also earned NCAA Tournament berths in 14 seasons, including Stone's last seven years. In addition to earning NEIBA Coach of the Year honors, Stone was also named the NECC Coach of the Year six times and Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year in 2003.